Ravi Shankar, Executive Director
Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar is Poet-in-Residence and Associate Professor of English at Central Connecticut State University, Chairman of the Connecticut Young Writers Trust and the founding editor of Drunken Boat. He has published or edited seven books of poems, including Deepening Groove, Radha Says, Seamless Matter, Voluptuous Bristle, Wanton Textiles, and Instrumentality. Along with Tina Chang and Nathalie Handal, he edited Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond (W.W Norton & Co.), called “a beautiful achievement for world literature” by Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer. He has won a Pushcart Prize, been featured in The New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education, appeared on the BBC and NPR, and has performed his work around the world. He is currently on the faculty of the first international MFA Program at City University of Hong Kong.

Rob Ray, Art Editor
Rob Ray

Rob Ray examines technology in public and outdoors spaces. This examination results in interactive public artworks, experimental films and audio works. His most recent interactive work, GETLOST! was commissioned by the Abandon Normal Devices Festival in Cumbria and Lancashire, UK. His video game disguised as ATM, Bucky’s Animal Spirit, was selected for the exhibition at The Lab (San Francisco), and the (re)load exhibition at Antena (Chicago). Rob also collaborates with Jason Soliday and Jon Satrom as a member of the Chicago-based circuit-bent multimedia noise trio I Love Presets. From 1999 to 2008, Rob was founder and head curator of DEADTECH electronic arts center in Chicago, IL. Rob recieved an MFA in Integrated Electronic Arts from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

Michael T. Bullock, Asst. Art Editor
Michael T. Bullock

Michael T. Bullock is a composer, improviser, video artist, illustrator and writer living in Boston, MA, USA. His modes of work include electroacoustic composition, improvisation, drawing, and video. Bullock performs across the US and in Europe, collaborating with a huge range of artists, including Pauline Oliveros, Christian Wolff, steve roden, Bhob Rainey and Greg Kelley of nmperign, Mazen Kerbaj and Theodore Bikel. Bullock’s music has been released by numerous labels including Cassauna, Winds Measure, Sedimental, Grob, 1.8sec, al Maslakh, and Homophoni. He recently completed the first PhD from the Arts Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

David Harrison Horton, Managing Editor
David Harrison Horton

David Harrison Horton's paintings, sculptures, sound installations and videos have been exhibited in New York, Berlin, Paris, Caracas, Minneapolis, Oakland and San Francisco.  He is the author of the prose poetry chapbooks Pete Hoffman Days (Pinball) and Beihai (Nanjing Poetry). He edits the zine SAGINAW, and currently lives in Beijing.

Bailey Lewis, Production Editor
 Bailey Lewis

Bailey Lewis is a fiction writer and designer from Des Moines, Iowa.  She received her MFA from the University of South Carolina and is a former editor of Yemassee Literary Journal.  Her work most recently appeared in Northwind where her story "Seance," won second place in the magazine's fall fiction contest.  Her collaboration with artist Erica Cassill will be exhibited at the 2013 Flying House show in Baton Rouge.  You can find her at

David Kutz-Marks, Production Assistant
David Kutz-Marks

David Kutz-Marks teaches literature and creative writing at King’s College and the University of Scranton. Recent poems appear or are forthcoming in Kenyon Review Online, Caketrain, Rattle, The Carolina Quarterly, Silk Road, Western Humanities Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Verse Daily, and others. 

Michele Battiste, Director of Development
Michele Battiste

Michele Battiste splits her time between poetry and fundraising. She is the author of two poetry collections, Ink for an Odd Cartography (2009) and the forthcoming Uprising (2013), both from Black Lawrence Press. She has also written four chapbooks, the most recent of which is Lineage (Binge Press, 2012). You can find her poem online at Yew, The Awl, Anti-, and SpringGun among other journals. She lives in Boulder, CO where she’s procrastinating on a Ph.D. and raising money for school food reform.

Daniel Godston, Social Media Editor
Daniel Godston

Daniel Godston teaches and lives in Chicago. His chapbooks include Splice Poems (Argotist Ebooks) and Sonic Textures Triptych (Linguiscope Books), and his writings have appeared in Chase Park, After Hours, BlazeVOX, Versal, Beard of Bees, Drunken Boat, 580 Split, Kyoto Journal, Eratica, The Smoking Poet, Horse Less Review, Moria, Apparatus Magazine, EOAGH, Requited Journal, Certain Circuits, Sentinel Poetry, and other publications. His poem “Mask to Skin to Blood to Heart to Bone and Back” was nominated by the editors of 580 Split for the Pushcart Prize. He also composes and performs music, and he directs the Borderbend Arts Collective.

Claire Zoghb, Graphic Designer
Claire Zoghb

Claire Zoghb’s collection, Small House Breathing, won the 2008 Quercus Review Poetry Series Annual Book Award. A chapbook, Dispatches from Everest, is forthcoming from Pudding House Press. Her poems have appeared in Connecticut Review, CALYX, Mizna: Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab America (The Lebanon Issue), Natural Bridge, Through A Child’s Eyes: Poems and Stories About War, and Eating Her Wedding Dress: A Collection of Clothing Poems. She holds an MALS from Wesleyan University. A freelance graphic artist/book designer, Claire lives in New Haven’s Morris Cove neighborhood and works across the harbor as Graphics Director at Long Wharf Theatre.

Michelle Chan Brown, Poetry Editor
Michelle Chan Brown

Michelle Chan Brown’s Double Agent was the winner of the 2012 Kore First Book Award, judged by Bhanu Kapil. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cimarron Review, Linebreak, The Missouri Review, Quarterly West, Sycamore Review, Witness and others.

Michelle received her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she was a Rackham Fellow. A Kundiman fellow, Michelle has received scholarships from  the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Vermont Studio Center and the Wesleyan Writers’ Conference. Her chapbook, The Clever Decoys, is available from LATR Editions. She lives with her husband, the musician Paul Erik Lipp, in Washington DC, where she teaches, writes, and edits Drunken Boat and co-curates the Cafe Muse series. Find her online at

Andrea Henchey, Assistant Poetry Editor
Andrea Henchey

Andrea Henchey holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University, though she’d prefer to hold your hand. Her work has appeared in American Poetry Journal, H_NGM_N, Absent, Other Rooms, PankThe Scrambler, A River & Sound Review and Forklift, Ohio. Her poem 'The Moon is So Smart' was selected the winner of Smartish Pace's 2012 Erskine J Poetry Prize.  Founder of Hartford Connecticut’s 'Inescapable Rhythms' poetry reading series, she currently lives and teaches in Windhoek, Namibia. Learn more at

Poetry Readers

John Dudek, Douglas Ray, Meghan Dahn, Kendra Tanacea, Hossannah Asuncion, Nicholas Wong, Jacob Harksen, Matthew Hamilton, Joanna Kaminski, Kristin Kostick, KC Trommer, Megan Levad, David Kutz-Marks, Aubrey Lanahan, Jim Redmond, and John Ganiard

Sybil Baker, Fiction Editor
Sybil Baker

Sybil Baker is the author of The Life Plan, Talismans, and Into This World. She spent twelve years teaching in South Korea before returning to the States in 2007. She is an Assistant Professor of English (Creative Writing) at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she serves as the Assistant Director of the Meacham Writers’ Workshop. A recent recipient of a MakeWork grant for Chattanooga, she teaches in the first international MFA program at City University of Hong Kong and at the Yale Writers’ Conference. She is Fiction Editor at Drunken Boat.

Holly Wendt, Asst. Fiction Editor
Holly Wendt
Fiction Readers

Garrett Crowe, Mitchell Stocks, Sarah Yu, Jason Stocks, Jenn Lyman, Kathryn Henion, Jeanie Chung, Laura Koons, Racquel Goodison, and Daniel Denecke

Erin Wilcox, Non-Fiction Editor
Erin Wilcox

Erin Wilcox is a writer, poet, musician, and editor. She is the nonfiction editor for Drunken Boat: An Online Journal of Art and Literature, a former copyeditor for Alaska Quarterly Review, the founding coordinator of the Editorial Freelancers Association’s Arizona chapter, owner of Wilcox Editing Services, and a staff editor at The Editorial Department. Erin's creative work has been featured recently in Praxis: Gender and Cultural CritiquesShort and TwistedSpiral OrbSoundzineStoneboatCold Flashes: Literary Snapshots of AlaskaVeil: Journal of Darker Musings, and in radio broadcasts in Alaska and Arizona. She writes for various trade and scholarly publications, including Copyediting and Text: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses. Find out more at and

Amanda Dambrink, Asst. Non-Fiction Editor
Amanda Dambrink

Amanda Dambrink studied nonfiction at Brigham Young University and at Ohio University before moving to Madison, Wisconsin where she now works for a medical software company by day and scribbles essays by night. Her essays and reviews have appeared in Prairie Margins, Normal School, Alimentum, and The Iowa Review.

Non-Fiction Readers

Cannon Roberts, Christina Saraceno, Gregg Schroeder, and Nina Feng

Shira Dentz, Reviews Editor
Shira Dentz

Shira Dentz is the author of two books, black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman) and door of thin skins (CavanKerry Press), as well as two chapbooks, Leaf Weather (Shearsman) and Sisyphusina (forthcoming from Red Glass Books). Her writing has appeared in many journals, including The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, and New American Writing, and featured online at The Academy of American Poets’ website (, NPR, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily. Her awards include an Academy of American Poets’ Prize, the Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem Award and Cecil Hemley Memorial Award, Electronic Poetry Review’s Discovery Award, and Painted Bride Quarterly’s Poetry Prize.

A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Shira has a PhD in creative writing and literature from the University of Utah, and was writer-in-residence at The New College of Florida in spring 2012 and 2013.  She is also Drunken Boat's Reviews Editor.  Find her online at

Tricia Johnson, Reviews Intern
Tricia Johnson

Tricia Johnson is a first year student at New College of Florida. She spends her days reading, bike riding, and in the darkroom. Someday she wants to go to Angkor Wat.

Jean-Jacques Poucel, Contributing Editor-at-Large
Jean-Jacques Poucel

Jean-Jacques Poucel (visiting professor of French literature at the University of Calgary) is a poet, translator, and literary critic. He is the author Jacques Roubaud and the Invention of Memory (2006) and has completed studies on several members of the Oulipo, some of which appear in Pereckonings (Yale French Studies 105) and Constrainted Writing I & II (Poetics Today 30.4 & 31.1), which he co-edited. He is a member of the Parisian transatlantic poetry translation collective Double Change, With whom he edited Contemporary Critical Forms (Formes Poétiques Contemporaines 9), and his translations of Emmanuel Hocquard's Conditions of Light (2010) and Anne Portugal's Flirt Formula (2012) have both been published by La Presse series in contemporary poetry (Fence Books). In 2011-2012, he was a Fellow at Internationales Kolleg Morphomata, the University of Cologne's Center for Advanced Studies.

Marco Maisto, Contributing Editor
Marco Maisto

Marco Maisto is a text artist interested in comics, the poetics of future memory, minor literature and genres of collaboration.  He studied writing, poetics, and the anthropology of communication at the University of Chicago and the Iowa Writer's Workshop.  A recent essay of his appears in Bubbling Up at, where he presently serves on the editorial staff of the COHORTS anthology project.  He heads up Threshold Text Ecology NYC, an organization in its infancy for the advancement of radical collective process across stylistic boundaries.  Fragments from his first novel in progress can be found at and other information at  He is the author of the chapbook arcades/ARCADES and The Great Lakes Hybrids, a novella.

Abraham Avnisan, Contributing Editor
Abraham Avnisan

Abraham Avnisan is a poet, visual artist and educator living and working in Minneapolis, MN. His work explores the intersection of literature, the visual arts and digital media.  He is the cofounder and codirector of The School of Making Thinking, an experimental school and artist’s residency program held over the summer months in upstate New York.  His work and book reviews have been published in New Delta Review, Brooklyn Review, The Poetry Project Newsletter and Rain Taxi.  His work has been exhibited at Centotto Gallery, Arts in Bushwick’s BETASpace Festival, and the Figment Arts Festival on Governor’s Island, all in New York City.  He received his M.F.A. from Brooklyn College.

Sina Queyras, Contributing Editor
Sina Queyras

Sina Queyras grew up on the road in western Canada and she has since lived in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, New York, Philadelphia and Calgary where she was Markin Flanagan Writer in Residence. She is the author most recently of Unleashed (BookThug), a selection of posts from the first four years of her blog. Her previous collection of poetry, Expressway (Coach House 2009) was nominated for a Governor General’s Award and a selection from that book won Gold in the National Magazine Awards. Lemon Hound (Coach House 2006) won a Lambda Award and the Pat Lowther Award. In 2005 she edited Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets, for Persea Books. She is contributing editor at Drunken Boat where she has curated folios on Conceptual Writing and Visual Poetry. She has taught creative writing at Rutgers, Haverford and Concordia University in Montreal where she currently resides.

Lisa Russ Spaar, Contributing Editor (Hide & Seek Muse Folio)
Lisa Russ Spaar

Lisa Russ Spaar is the author of many collections of poetry, including Glass Town (Red Hen Press, 1999),  Blue Venus (Persea, 2004), Satin Cash (Persea, 2008) and most recently Vanitas, Rough (Persea, December 2012).  She is the editor of Acquainted with the Night:  Insomnia Poems and All that Mighty Heart:  London Poems, and a collection of her essays, The Hide-and-Seek Muse:  Annotations of Contemporary Poetry just appeared from Drunken Boat Media.  Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Award, the Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize, an Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, and the Library of Virginia Award for Poetry.  Her poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry series, Poetry, Boston Review, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Slate, Shenandoah, The Kenyon Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many other journals and quarterlies, and her commentaries and columns about poetry appear regularly or are forthcoming in The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere.  She is a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.